December 27, 2019, RT.com
-by Eva Bartlett
Giving a sympathetic platform to a terrorist is reprehensible at best, downright criminal at worst, and definitely a bad look for a ‘respected’ media contributor. Oh, it’s for bashing Assad and the Russians? Go ahead, then.
A funny thing happened recently on Twitter. A journalist who contributes to the Guardian, Foreign Policy and the Atlantic tweeted—in a long thread peppered with photos of Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, the leader of an Al-Qaeda branch in Syria—about “the force that dominates” Idlib.
Hassan Hassan’s initial tweet coyly avoided mentioning that this force is Al-Qaeda in Syria.
And no, its not just us Russian bots who say that Idlib is infested with Al-Qaeda: former US special envoy, Brett McGurk, deemed Idlib “the largest Al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”
The thread smacked of giving a platform to terrorist propaganda. After extensively quoting Jolani, Hassan weighed in with his own thoughts on the situation in Syria and his Al-Qaeda “rebels”.
Aside from whitewashing designated terrorists, the point of his thread was clearly a continuation of the anti-Russia hysteria corporate journalists are so rabidly devoted to.
These latest anti-Russia, anti-Syria headlines and tweets echo those which abounded when eastern Ghouta and Aleppo were being liberated from terrorists. Go to Aleppo now and you’ll find a city that just celebrated Christmas and is rebuilding, and indeed rebuilding all over Syria, in areas once occupied by terrorists.
More importantly, liberated areas are no longer ruled by fanatics who imprison, torture, starve and assassinate civilians. Syrian women I interviewed earlier this year in Sinjar, Idlib, spoke of being tormented by terrorists in Idlib, and called for the Syrian army to liberate all of Idlib.
But war propagandists don’t care about those civilians…
Backslapping and Rebranding
The same corporate media vultures who bandy about self-righteously furious expressions for all things Russian and Syrian are normalizing terrorists in Syria, rendering ISIS into mere “militants”, “fighting for survival”, as was the case in a recent Washington Post ode to ISIS.
So the US and allies invaded Iraq under the pretext of fighting Al-Qaeda, largely destroyed that country, killed untold numbers of Iraqi civilians, maimed untold numbers more… and now the same designated terror group, Al-Qaeda, is suddenly a fuzzy li’l militant?
Likewise, a recent Bloomberg article describes the bandits ruling in Libya (with its slave markets – thanks, American humanitarian intervention!) as an “internationally recognized” government, and the terrorists heading there to create more chaos as Syrian “rebels”.
Unsurprisingly, when war propagandists get called out by thinking people, they deflect blame onto Russia. A perusal of replies to Hassan’s tweets reveals many (non-Russian) people object to war propaganda and the platforms that propagate it.
Hassan gets a sticker for his efforts to do best in the Russophobia challenge. He went beyond merely hurling the same old unoriginal accusations at Russia, and denigrated the entire nation as “repulsive”. Classy.
Of course, when many on Twitter pointed out his xenophobia, he scrambled to reword.
But that’s the thing about Twitter: no edits. The vitriol is out there, there’s no undoing the racism.
Blatant war propagandists like him have, for years, acted as cheerleaders and whitewashed the civilian-murdering terrorists in Syria, slandered those of us who challenge war propaganda and bother to give platforms to civilians instead of terrorists, and relentlessly hounded Russian diplomats and media.
The Russophobia, and indeed xenophobia, has gotten preposterous. It is Russia that is actually helping Syria fight terrorism, it’s Russia that also sends humanitarian aid, it’s Russia that helps open humanitarian corridors for Syrian civilians, it’s Russia that is aiding Syria in rebuilding, and it’s Russian sappers who have done most of the demining of areas formerly occupied by terrorists.
And it is not Russia who financed, backed, and whitewashed terrorism: that honour goes to the US and its allies.
Increasingly, people on Twitter are calling the war orchestrators and their propagandists out. Of course,they must all just be Russian trolls, da?
26 thoughts on “Guardian, Atlantic contributor acts as a Syrian terrorist mouthpiece on Twitter, and if you don’t like it you’re a Russian stooge”
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Dear Eva Bartlett
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to bring forth the truth. Your work is of the utmost importance.
Love Is The Answer Mark R. Elsis An environmentalist, filmmaker, poet, web entrepreneur / developer, and writer, here to protect our future generations.
Thank God for so many of us Russian bots spreading a little truth! Merry Christmas Eva!!!
Thank you Eva.
A wonderfully written op-ed Eva (naturally!). How I wish those who need to read it would read it but, naturally, they won’t read pro-Russian propaganda written by pro-Russian ‘trolls’… only that written by honest pro-western ‘journalists’ so, of course, they know the ‘truth’… Gag!! [#43]
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A few years back I found a propaganda article on Syria in the Atlantic. I reposted the images with accurate information on what they actually were. I was served with notice for “infringement” and had to remove my post which exposed their lies.
Great post, Eva! Happy New Year and please proceed your quest!
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Just came across this blog and I love it! Great takedown on the pro-war media.
Thank you!! Happy New Year to you as well, Koop 🙂
I’m not surprised…but good on you for trying. Happy New Year!
Thank you 🙂 Its funny, the other day I had a good conversation with someone who didn’t know I contribute to RT. They said at some point when they saw RT articles they were sceptical. So i mentioned that I contribute to RT and everything I write there, I would otherwise have just written on my blog or another platform. This knee-jerk aversion reaction to RT is due to the absurd State Dept type sites blacklisting and smearing all things Russian.
Belated thank you, and Happy New Year!
Thanks Mark! I appreciate your kind words. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you also 😊. Thank you
Great work Eva. I really enjoyed reading your pieces. They are so informative and contrary to much of what we get through western media.
I always pray for you everyday.
Please, be careful!
May the Blessed Virgin Mary be always watching over you!
Happy new year!
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Thank you, its nice to hear from you again!
Thanks Adonis! It was great meeting you; gotta make more meetings happen!
Thank you! 🙂
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